Friday, October 25, 2002

Value of Cataloging

The Seattle Times has the story A cloistered treasure about a collection at Gonzaga University. The collection, including incunabula, from the Jesuit's of the Northeast U.S. is unavailable even to local users, because it is uncataloged. "I'm perhaps one of the last ones who knows the collection," says Father Fredric Schlatter, a professor emeritus of classical languages at Gonzaga and the collection's unofficial keeper for decades. "I've been very distressed that it hasn't been cataloged. It's pathetic. It's a disgrace."